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Albany County DOH puts high risk sports on hold

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on January 28, 2021

On Wednesday, Jan. 27, the Albany County Department of Health announced that higher-risk winter sports in Albany County could not begin a tentative February season on Feb. 1 due to continued high COVID infection rates in the county. Infection rates must be at 4% or lower for the higher risk sports season to begin, county health officials said.

Governor Andrew Cuomo had passed the decision-making on higher-risk winter sports to local health departments in each county after a surprise decision by the governor last week to allow sports to resume. On Wednesday, Albany County issued a memo to all school districts in the county outlining minimum standards for the return of higher risk sports. The most significant hurdle for the higher risk sports to return is a rolling 7-day average infection rate of 4% or below. The rolling 7-day average in Albany County is currently 7.4%.

The district will continue to monitor developments regarding higher-risk winter sports as well as the upcoming fall 2 and spring sports seasons.